Goshen, New Jersey

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Goshen, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Goshen School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Goshen School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Goshen is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Goshen's location in Cape May County (Inset: Cape May County in New Jersey)
Goshen is located in New Jersey
Goshen (New Jersey)
Goshen is located in the US
Goshen (the US)
Coordinates: 39°08′29″N 74°51′11″W / 39.14139°N 74.85306°W / 39.14139; -74.85306Coordinates: 39°08′29″N 74°51′11″W / 39.14139°N 74.85306°W / 39.14139; -74.85306
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Township Middle
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
ZIP code 08210
GNIS feature ID 0876685[1]

Goshen is an unincorporated community within Middle Township, in Cape May County, New Jersey.[2]


The area was settled by Aaron Leaming, who began raising cattle in 1693. By 1710 there was a settlement. Goshen's first industry was a king crab mill and a canning factory. Shipbuilding and lumbering industries flourished.

The Garrison shipyard on Goshen Creek had stocks for the simultaneous construction of two vessels, which, upon being launched, were slipped into the water sideways. Between 1859 and 1898, twenty-five ships of record were built there, along with many smaller craft. Around 1900, Cape May County's shipbuilding industry was shut down. The last ship launched by the Goshen shipyard was the Diamond in 1898. Due to the lasting effects of the brackish water there, the remains of the docks are still visible at the end of Goshen Landing Road during low tide.

The Tavern House (circa 1725), on the corner of Route 47 and Goshen Landing Road, is one of the oldest homes in Cape May County. At different times it has been a tavern, hotel, dentist office and residence. While significant changes have been made, much of the original workmanship is still evident. Rough-hewn logs still support the house, and wooden pegs hold the rafters in place.

Route 47, also known as Delsea Drive, runs directly through the center of the community.


It is in the Middle Township Public Schools, which operates Middle Township High School.

Goshen Fire Station

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Goshen include:



  1. ^ "Goshen". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed June 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Andrew J. Tomlin, Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America. Accessed July 9, 2013.